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Joan of Arc: An Introductory Bibliography

Suggested readings from Bonnie Wheeler and Charles T. Wood,
editors of Fresh Verdicts on Joan of Arc

Note: This bibliography offers an introduction to some of the basic works on Joan of Arc. Wheeler and Wood responded to an e-mail query with these suggestions; for additional sources, they suggest that the reader consult Nadia Margolis's bibliography.

--Laura Blanchard,
ORB popular bibliographies editor.

Printed Bibliography

  • Nadia Margolis, Joan of Arc in History, Literature, and Film: A Select, Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1990.

Joan of Arc in History

  • W. P. Barrett, ed. and trans., The Trial of Jeanne d'Arc. New York: Gotham House, 1932. The 1431 trial record.
  • Christine de Pisan, ed. Angus J. Kennedy and Kenneth Varty. Ditie de Jehanne d'Arc. Oxford: Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, 1977.
  • Anatole France, tr. Winifred Stephens, The Life of Joan of Arc, 2 vol. (London and New York, John Lane, 1909). Described by Wood as "the classic skeptic's account, usually underrated on that account, but very solidly based in all the documents that it also has the virtue of quoting extensively.
  • H. A. Kelly, "The right to remain silent: before and after Joan of Arc," Speculum 68(1993) 992-1026.
  • Jules Michelet, ed. and tr. Albert Guerard, Joan of Arc. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1957 and also paperback still in print). Described by Wood as "classic account that got the whole Joan phenomenon going."
  • Charles Lightbody, The Judgments of Joan. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1961. According to Wood, this is a "revealing and useful study of the range of ways Joan was seen and understood from her own day down through her downfall as a hopeless royalist at the time of the French Revolution and then her rehabilitation under Napoleon."
  • T. Douglas Murray, Jeanne d'Arc: Maid of Orleans, Deliverer of France...set forth in the Original Documents. New York, 1902. Abridgement of the rehabilitation trial testimony.
  • Regine Pernoud, tr. J. M. Cohen. The Retrial of Joan of Arc: The Evidence at the Trial for her Rehabilitation. London 1955.
  • Regine Pernoud, Joan of Arc by Herself and Her Witnesses. New York: Stein & Day, 1982. A collection drawing on the trial and retrial.
  • Sackville-West, Saint Joan of Arc. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1938. Wheeler comments, " dead wrong but fun."
  • W. S. Scott, ed. and Trans., The Trial of Joan of Arc. London, Folio Society, 1956. The 1431 trial record.
  • Marina Warner, Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism.New York: Knopf, 1981.
  • Bonnie Wheeler and Charles T. Wood, eds. FreshVerdicts on Joan of Arc. New York: Garland, 1996.
  • Charles T. Wood, Joan of Arc and Richard III: Sex, Saints and Government in the Middle Ages. New York: Oxford, 1988; reissued in paperback with some revisions, 1991.


Wood suggests that the reader begin with four dramatic interpretations of Joan of Arc:

  • William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I
  • Friedrich von Schiller, The Maid of Orleans
  • George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan
  • Jean Anouilh, adapted by Lillian Helman, The Lark

For an introduction to some of the issues, Wheeler suggests:

  • Deborah Fraioli, "The Literary Image of Joan of Arc: Prior Influences" Speculum 56(1981) 811-30.

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